LABI College Dedicates & Names Study Center in the Gil’s Honor

FullSizeRenderOn May 11th 2016, Drs. Mikki and Vince Gil were honored by LABI College (La Puente, CA) for their leadership on behalf of Hispanic students, and for their life-long work in higher education. LABI College dedicated a Study Center to the Gils, naming it in their honor.

Dr. Mikki Gil’s history with LABI and Hispanic students reaches back to her roots in New York City and her work with Teen Challenge. She was also the creator of Vanguard’s first Diversity Framework, which coalesced eventually into the guiding force for multicultural development, and propelling VU forward in its becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution.

Likewise, Dr. Vince Gil began his career at Vanguard developing a Title III grant for developing institutions which stressed inclusion of Hispanics in VU’s service area, and the development of a bridge to transfer LABI students to VU. He has since served as multicultural affairs liaison to the Dean, chair of the faculty multicultural affairs committee, and worked on behalf of Hispanic students at VU for decades.

Both Gils stress that “were it not for the hand of the Lord” none of their work could have been accomplished.  Vanguard extends its congratulations to Drs. Mikki and Vince Gil, whose collaborative work in higher education now spans sixty years of service.

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The Society for Pentecostal Studies Honors Peterson, Klaus and Dempster with 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards

We are so proud that Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies, Dr. Doug Peterson with the Religion Department, Board of Trustees Member, Dr. Byron Klaus and former President Dr. Murray Dempster, will be recognized by the Society for Pentecostal Studies on Saturday,  March 12, 2016 at the Sheraton Fairplex. These three awardees are long-time friends and colleagues. SPS is grateful for the remarkable contributions they have made not only to SPS for many years but also to Pentecostal scholarship and praxis in general through their two co-edited works: Called and Empowered: Global Mission in Pentecostal Perspective (1991) and Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel (1999).

Dr. Doug Petersen is the Margaret S. Smith Distinguished Professor of Intercultural Studies at Vanguard University. He holds a M.A. in New Testament from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. in Social Theology from the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in Oxford, England.With more than thirty-five years of leadership responsibilities in non-profit and higher education organizations in Latin America and the United States, Professor Petersen is an experienced practitioner and research scholar in the development and operation of faith-based community programs, especially those focusing on children at-risk. In 1977 Petersen co-founded Latin America ChildCare (LACC), a faith-based network of elementary and secondary schools, and served as its International Coordinator and President for twenty-three years. During his tenure, LACC expanded to twenty-two countries in Latin American and the Caribbean providing education, food, and medical assistance for 100,000 impoverished children in 300 schools.

Petersen has published extensively on the social practices of grassroots religious groups in Central America. His book, Not by Might, Nor by Power: A Pentecostal Theology of Social Concern in Latin America, was selected among the Outstanding Books of the Decade 1990-2000 by the International Bulletin of Mission Research. In addition to his books, Petersen has published numerous scholarly journal articles and authored book chapters and popular pieces on ethics, politics, and Pentecostalism. Professor Petersen is a member of the editorial boards of two journals: Pneuma and the Evangelical Review of Society and Politics.

Dr. Byron D. Klaus recently retired from his role as president of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri, where he had served since July 1999. Dr. Klaus’ previous ministry includes twenty years on the faculty and administration of Vanguard University of Southern California. He also has served in pastoral leadership with congregations in California, Texas, and Illinois.
Dr. Klaus received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. His scholarly work includes publications in numerous journals and denominational magazines. His articles and books have been published by Moody Press, Logion Press, Regal Books, Hendrickson Publishers, Regnum Books International, Routledge Publishers, and Crossway Books. His regular commentary on faith and culture distributed as the Prez Release and his radio spots and op-ed articles have been released in a two-volume series called That’s The Way I See It (available on Amazon).

Dr. Klaus’ next season of ministry includes a return to a role he had held previous to his service as president of AGTS, as Vice President of Latin America ChildCare, a child development ministry serving over 100,000 children in the most desperate regions of twenty-one nations in Latin America and the Caribbean (see In addition, he will be giving considerable time to serving as an advisor to university and seminary presidents and in leadership development globally. He will expand his ministry for the development of the critical leadership necessary for growing churches in the majority world where Christianity is flourishing despite vigorous resistance to the gospel.
Dr. Klaus and his wife, Lois, live near Table Rock Lake in beautiful southwest Missouri. They have two grown daughters, Mrs. Victoria Klaus Goodwin and Mrs. Olivia Klaus Moro and two teenage grandchildren, Dara and Nolan Goodwin.

Dr. Murray Dempster is the Distinguished Professor of Social Ethics and Co-director of the Center for the Study of Global Pentecostalism at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He graduated with a Ministerial Diploma from Canadian Northwest Bible Institute in Edmonton, Canada, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California College in Costa Mesa, California. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion-Social Ethics from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Before joining the Southeastern Faculty in the Spring of 2010, Dempster served for forty years at Southern California College/Vanguard University as Professor of Social Ethics, as well as in a variety of administrative roles including Provost and Chief Academic Officer for five years, President for eight years, and Chancellor for one year. He also served as an Adjunct and Visiting Professor in Christian Social Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA from 1980 through 1994 on the main campus and on five extension centers.
Dempster is co-author with Dr. Augustus Cerillo, Jr., of Salt and Light: Evangelical Political Thought in Modern America, and is co-editor with Dr. Byron D. Klaus and Dr. Douglas Petersen, of two books, Called and Empowered: Global Mission in Pentecostal Perspective; and, The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel. The latter volume was selected by the editors of the International Bulletin of Mission Research (IBMR) as one of the most significant books in the field of mission studies in 1999. Dempster has also published a significant number of scholarly journal articles and book chapters, especially focused on Pentecostal pacifism, social concern, and theology & ethics.

He has presented lectures at various colleges in the United States and Canada and numerous papers at conferences and workshops in the U.S., Europe, and Central America. He has served as the North American editor of Transformation: An International Evangelical Dialogue on Mission and Ethics, and edited two full issues that focused on Pentecostal social concern in a global context. Dempster served as the President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in 1991 and as the editor of PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies from 1993-2000.

Well done! We are so proud of you all!


Dr. Stenhouse: Featured Speaker for Newport and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce

On Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, Dr. Andrew Stenhouse will be presenting on Employee Engagement: 7 Steps Towards Total Performance, at the Newport and Costa Mesa Chambers of Commerce Networking Luncheon. Dr. Stenhouse has over 30 years of experience in developing leaders for profit and non-profit organizations, making him an excellent resource for any organization. To find out more details about this event, please click here.


Macchia Nominated for Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Frank Macchia, Professor of Theology, has been selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Society for Pentecostal Studies meeting in March at Southeastern University.  The Society for Pentecostal Studies is is an organization of scholars dedicated to providing a forum of discussion for all academic disciplines as a spiritual service to the kingdom of God (SPS Website).

Dr. Macchia has had several notable scholarly achievements in the past year, which are reflective of his nomination for the lifetime achievement award.  He presented a paper on the Anchor Bible Commentary on Revelation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in San Diego this past November.

Dr. Macchia has also recently contributed to chapters in two books:

  • “Baptized in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Reflection on the Filioque,” in Myk Habets, ed. Ecumenical Perspectives on the Filioque for the 21st Century (T & T Clark, 2014).
  • “God Says What the Text Says: Another Look at Karl Barth’s View of Scripture,” in Christian T. Collins Winn and John L. Drury, eds. Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology (Cascade Books, 2014).

Dr. Macchia also had this article published:

  • “Koinonia in the Spirit: A Pentecostal Engagement with ‘The Church: Towards a Common Vision,’” Ecumenical Trends 43:10 (Nov. 2014).


For more information on Dr. Macchia and the Vanguard University Religion programs, please visit the department website here.


Nursing Professor Presents for Hoag’s Nursing Grand Rounds

Dr. Julia Wilson, Associate Professor of Nursing, recently presented her doctoral research on “Factors Influencing Mental Health in a Cardiac Population”, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, CA on August 14, 2014.  Her presentation was part of Hoag’s Nursing Grand Rounds and was video conferenced to the Hoag location in Irvine as well.

For more information on Dr. Wilson and the Vanguard University RN to BSN and MSN programs, please visit the department website here.

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Original Piece from Music Professor Debuted

Professor of Music, Dr. Greg Glancey, was commissioned by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble to write a piece for the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers (CFAMC) national conference at BIOLA University. The commissioned work (Luna Agitata) will be performed on Saturday, October 11th at 7:30 pm in the Lansing Auditorium (BIOLA).

The conference begins Thursday October 9th and concludes on Saturday October 11th with this featured guest ensemble concert. More info and tickets available at

For more information on Dr. Glancey and the Vanguard University Music Department, click here.

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Professor Presents on Health Care for the Homeless

Professor of Sociology, Dr. Edward Clarke, will present on the topic, “Health and Healthcare: Estimating the Cost of Care for Costa Mesa Homeless,” at Healthcare and Homelessness Economics Conference: Theory to Practical Solutions, hosted by the California State University Fullerton Community Advisory Board on Homeless Issues and the United Way.  This presentation is part of Dr. Clarke’s continued efforts to collect data on, and improve the well-being of, the homeless population in Costa Mesa.

Dr. Clarke’s presentation will examine the estimated cost of services, types of services utilized, and health care status of 182 members of the homeless population in Costa Mesa.  His research is based on in depth interviews conducted over a period of six days at five different homeless service locations.  Dr. Clarke will suggest, based on his data, that a new approach to preventing and treating health problems among the homeless should be considered.

For more information on Dr. Clarke and his research, please visit the home page for the Department of Anthropology and Sociology (here).


Guitar Professor on Tour in Georgia



Assistant Professor of Music and classical guitarist, Michael Nigro, will be on a brief tour in Georgia the first week of October.  If you’re in the area, please come and see him!  Below are his concert dates.  For more information on Professor Nigro, visit the Music Department website (here) or his personal website (here).


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, October 4th, 2014 |5:00 pm
1802 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401-8122

Cathedral of St. Philip
Sunday, October 5th, 2014 |3:15 pm
2744 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA

Augusta’s Historic Saint Paul’s Church
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 |Noon
605 Reynolds Street Augusta, GA 30901

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Theatre Professor Interviewed


Professor of Theatre Arts, David Pecoraro, recently gave an interview for the website detailing how he got into Theatre production, and what advice he would give to college graduates on their graduation day.  In the interview, Professor Pecoraro says students should start transitioning into the workforce before graduation so it’s not an overnight transition.  He also recounts his memories about being in the M.F.A. program at Temple University.  Highlights of the interview which was originally broadcast on November 20th, 2013 can be found at this link


For more information about Vanguard’s Theatre Arts Department, visit the Department Website here.


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Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard

Dear Vanguard Community,

It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that beloved Vanguard professor Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard passed away on Sunday, May 18 in Ireland, her home since retiring from Vanguard.

Dr. Leonard taught at Vanguard University as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, serving as an Assistant Professor of Sociology from 1997 to 2002, and then as Associate Professor of Sociology from 2002 to 2007, and finally as Professor of Sociology from 2007 to 2011. She delivered and expanded the Sociology curriculum to include areas of specialization in gender and crime, the sociology of women, corrections, family violence and juvenile delinquency, and played in integral role in helping grow the Sociology major to one hundred majors.

Dr. Leonard sustained a robust research agenda during her tenure at Vanguard University, producing a book (Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill, State University of New York Press, 2002), four book chapters and nine articles in peer-reviewed journals. She was widely recognized as an expert on issues related to battered women in prison and domestic violence, and as such, was invited to present research, guest lecture, provide expert witness testimony, and give various public presentations on seventy different occasions, and in diverse institutional settings and locales in the United States and Europe.

She served Vanguard University faithfully by being a tireless leader and advocate of interdisciplinary collaboration, which included serving as the Co-Director of Vanguard University’s Center for Women’s Studies from 2002 to 2005. She advised, counseled, and mentored countless numbers of students who, upon graduating from Vanguard University, followed her example by pursing vocations that advance the public good.

Elizabeth was highly respected, admired and regarded by the students at Vanguard University, who voted her the Faculty Member of the Year for 1999-2000, and again as Faculty Member of the Year for 2006-2007. Over the years students have consistently expressed their affection for her and their appreciation of her guidance and support.

Upon her retirement, Dr. Leonard was granted the status of faculty emerita. Dr. Leonard was a devoted colleague and friend and will be greatly missed.

Please keep Dr. Leonard’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Serving with you,